Military Train + Volunteer
+ intro by Baek Moonim, Yonsei University
Joining the Japanese army: film propaganda from colonial Korea.
Dir Suh Kwang-je
With Mun Ye-bong, Wang Pyong, Dok Wun-gil
The most problematic of the colonial products were the ‘military recruitment’ films. Designed to encourage Korean men to join the army, these films give a highly inaccurate vision of the colonial experience. Military Train follows two young friends who drive military transport trains with tragic results.
Dir Anh Seok-young
With Choi Woon-bong, Lee Geum-ryong, Mun Ye-bong, Kim Il hae
Volunteer charts the tale of Chun-hoo, a young Korean man desperate to join the Japanese Army. While narratively the film is pro-Japanese propaganda, the mise-en-scene, cinematography and use of sound make it a valuable addition to this season.
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